A Harm Reduction Approach To Psychiatric Medications: Clients, Families, and Professionals Working Together

by Will Hall, MA, Dipl.PW

When: Wednesday March 22, 2017, 7pm

WhereCypress Community Center, Room 1, 403 Cypress Ave, San Jose (Map/Directions)

Will Hall, author of the free online resource Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Drugs (translated into 13 languages), discusses his clinical experience building bridges and forming alliances between clients, families, and professionals around medication decisions, including starting, reducing, and coming off psychiatric medications. How to move past power struggles? How to find a place of choice amid psychotic communication? What to do about adverse side effects risks, hospitalization, and police? What does the latest research say about neurotoxicity, neuroprotection, relapse prevention, and symptom chronicity? A “harm reduction approach” means not being pro- or anti-medications, but meeting people where they are at as individuals with unique needs. www.willhall.net/comingoffmeds

More info:

Will Hall Website

MADNESS Radio

Bio:

Will Hall, MA, Dipl.PW, PhD Candidate Maastricht University, is a therapist, teacher, and community development worker. His schizophrenia diagnosis at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute inspired him to become a survivor movement organizer, including with Freedom Center, Portland Hearing Voices, The Icarus Project, and Madness Radio. Author the Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Drugs (translated into 13 languages), Will has a certification in Open Dialogue with the Institute for Dialogic Practice, and his recent teaching includes Sigmund Freud University in Ljubljana Slovenia and at INTAR in Pune India. A longtime meditator and yoga practitioner, Will lives with altered states of consciousness, and since his teens has been a social movement activist, including with Bay Area’s the Resource Center for Nonviolence and Earth Island Institute. His new book is Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness.

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